President Barack Obama said the US could not intervene in every world crisis but they "should not look away" when people were facing massacre.
Referring to the air strikes in Iraq, in his weekly presidential address, he said: "When countless innocent people are facing a massacre and when we have the ability to prevent it, the United States cannot just look away."
The US leader added that he would not allow Americans to be drawn into another war and that combat troops would not be returning to Iraq.
However, he said he would protect Us interests and prevent terrorists from having a safe haven.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have emerged victorious in the battle for Mosul Dam, but the question is - what will their next move be?
An ITV News team at Mosul Dam was with victorious Kurdish Peshmerga fighters at the complex earlier today.
ITV News joined a Kurdish unit fighting Islamist militants near Irbil and found them using tanks from the 1950s and short on ammunition.